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Cathedral choir school educated, former Oxford organ scholar. Versatile church musician, performer, composer, teacher & arts administrator
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Stuart Whatton’s musical career began at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School and later took him to University College Oxford, where he was organ scholar from 1981 to 1984. After 14 years in the Civil Service, including two years as Private Secretary to the Attorney General (his original degree having been law), he decided to follow his heart into music full-time, and this led to a B.Mus with 1st class honours from King’s College London, where he also won the Purcell Prize. Following PGCE studies at Cambridge, Stuart pursued a schoolteaching career for eight years, running a variety of school music departments in Dorset, Essex and Scotland. In past chapters of his life, Stuart has been Assistant Organist to the Parish of Waterloo, Organist of the Ealing-based Questors Choir, and Director of Music at St Matthew’s Church, Southwark. His varied performing career has included appearing in a jazz piano sketch on Channel 4’s Banzai!, accompanying an international youth choir at a plenary session of the United Nations in Geneva, and a role in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, as part of Danny Boyle’s ‘cast of thousands’. A Fellow of both the Royal College of Organists and the Royal Society of Arts, Stuart is currently Director of Music at Esher Parish Church in Surrey and Artistic Director of Music-at-Hill, one of the leading concert societies in the City of London, based at the Wren church of St Mary-at-Hill near Monument. In his spare time, Stuart sings with the Chapel Choir at Guy’s Hospital and plays tenor sax in the London Saxophone Choir.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
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4th Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Marching, Easy listening, Light music, Avant garde, Experimental, Contemporary Christian, Military, Jazz, Barbershop, Ragtime, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Arabic, Argentinian, Armenian, Asian music, Australian music, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Choro, Cuban music, Cumbia, Flamenco, French music, German music, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Mariachi, Merengue, Polish music, Polka, Polynesian music, Reggae, Russian music, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Skiffle, Spanish music, Tango, Blues, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Dixieland, Traditional English folk
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Event types:
Church service, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Accompanist
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Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£60
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£240
Up to 3 hours£300

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Lynne B, 5 days ago

Stuart was a great addition to the day. And most helpful before hand

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Darcy L, 1 month ago

Stuart provided expert guidance for my father's funeral. The musical arrangement was perfect and so fitting for the occasion and church setting. As a family we hugely appreciated Stuart's contribution and would highly recommend his services to anyone interested in hiring a true professional.

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Gaby T, 4 months ago

Stuart was absolutely fantastic as a musician and a person. From the beginning right through to the end, he was highly professional and very thorough, wanting to ensure he would do the best job possible on the day. He had no problems with the repertoire we provided and took the time to practise in our church to familiarise himself with the venue and acoustics. He even sourced a singer for our wedding ceremony, something we were incredibly grateful for. All in all, he far exceeded our expectations and it was a pleasant experience to work with him. Thank you once again, Gaby and Anthony

From other customers:

Eliza S, 5 years ago

Thank you so much for all your help in organising the music and gospel choir for our wedding on 9th July!! The service was absolutely perfect and we can’t thank you enough for making our day so special.

Nicola S, 4 years ago

We just wanted to say the biggest thank you for the beautiful organ playing and bell ringing at our wedding last Friday - it made for such a special day.

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